How well does it write?
- 9/10. I own a Visconti HS. I own a Pelikan M1000. I own a Sailor KOP. In terms of finding that "writing on glass" experience, only the Visconti absolutely dumping ink on the paper has a writing experience nicer than this. This pen GLIDES along the page, and it is an absolute joy to use.
How well is the pen built?
- 8/10. The pen is extreme well machined, when I received it (and before I beat the hell out of it), it was polished and brushed to perfection, without a single bit of give on the exterior. From the cap to the end piston turning knob, the brushing lined up and it was beautiful. One thing to note however, is the piston is extremely stiff and it often "catches", where I turn the knob and it bounces back 1/4 of a turn.
How nice is the material the pen is made out of?
- Now this is interesting. In other reviews I've done I've given this a score very easily however this is a bit hard. The best part of this pen arguably is the fact that it is made out of stainless steel. You're buying this pen, because it is made out of stainless steel. But arguable, it's also the worst part of the pen. More about that in the full review below!
How nice is the filling system of the pen?
- 6/10. Piston filling systems are always nice, but again as above, the piston was not great when it came to me.
Is this pen good value?
- A great question! And the answer will probably have to be no. In my Visconti HS and Pelikan M1000 review, I discussed how grail pens are rarely good value. But here we have a 'special' non-limited edition of a pen that can be found quite cheaply. You can find Lamy 2000s in makrolon for less than $100 USD. Goulet lists this pen at $319 USD.
- If, for whatever reason you decided to buy a fountain pen full retail in Australia (why would you do that I have no clue), a Lamy 2000 makrolon is $349 AUD at Milligram, and this stainless steel version is $449.
- This pen is just too expensive for a hunk of stainless steel. I wouldn't consider this 'great value' but honestly not much about this hobby is great value. If you can't imagine buying more than your Varsitys and Metropolitans, then sure, this is not the pen for you. If you have your Lamy 2000 makrolon, your Pilot Custom 823 and your Pilot Vanishing Point and don't understand why people would buy pens that are "bad value" this also isn't the pen for you.
GENERAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PEN
This is the Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel, a special non-limited edition of the very well known and loved fountain pen. This model here has a Medium 14kt gold nib and comes in brushed stainless steel. Practically everything is the same between the normal Lamy 2000 and this version apart from the fact that it comes in stainless steel instead of makrolon.
The filling system used in this pen is a piston fill. The piston is not very smooth honestly, it is very stiff and has a lot of hitches in turning it. Often when emptying the pen the piston will "catch" and turn back 1/4 of a turn if I let go of it. it makes this pen a pain to clean which is a shame because of how well it writes.
Talking about how it writes, this pen writes like an absolute dream. Glassy smooth writing experience with almost no feedback. The pen is extremely wet and glides across the page. To note with my Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel and other friends' normal versions, is that often the nibs will 'sing' as you write quickly. This drives some people insane but I love the squeaks that it makes (video here: https://www.instagra.../p/BQ6ZeBcDYKe/
There really is only one word to describe my experience with this pen and that is "smooth". It is a joy to just pop off the cap and to begin writing, knowing that the nib is perfectly tuned to write every time it touches a page. It never misses a beat no matter how fast I push the nib and feed.
There is however no give in the nib at all, I see sometimes people try to find line variation in Lamy 2000s (why that is a good idea escapes me), but this is a hard nib.
Overall, this is a beautiful pen that writes superbly, has a good filling system that can be oiled up I'm sure and is well made. No problems, I can recommend this pen to everyone then right?
Well, there's two problems. There are two big reasons why I find it hard to recommend this pen. Firstly: the normal makrolon Lamy 2000 exists.
You see, this is an expensive pen. I mean yes, Montblanc, Visconti and Sailor make some very expensive pens but really in any way you look at this hobby, this is a really expensive pen. And compared to the almost budget friendly makrolon version, it is almost impossible to say this is a good buy. You can buy this exact same writing experience, the exact same nib and general aesthetic for less than $100 USD on Amazon. Sure you get no warranty if anything goes wrong, but pay a bit more for that if you want it. This pen retails online for more than $300 USD.
With a difference in price like this, just get the normal Lamy 2000. This pen is not THAT much better. In fact - it might even be worse.
So what is the second problem? The second problem is that this is a freaking heavy pen. This is a REALLY REALLY heavy pen. Let's pull out some stats.
A Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze in lava is 46g.
A Pelikan M1000 in green tortoise shell is 32.7g.
A Montblanc 149 in black resin is 29g.
A Delta Dolcevita Oversize weighs around 47g.
This pen weighs 54 GRAMS. The cap itself weighs 20 grams.
Easily, this is the heaviest pen I own. And boy is it tiring to write with for more than 30 minutes.
The final conclusion is: Lamy 2000 nibs are beautiful and smooth, but make sure you buy the makrolon one.
Edited by smileypen, 05 March 2018 - 11:18.